Singapore Sees Expansion of Global Law Firms with Partner Hires


International law firms are stepping up their presence in Singapore, making new partner hires to increase their outreach. Squire Patton Boggs, Norton Rose Fulbright and K&L Gates are among the latest firms to join the fray. Squire Patton Boggs has made its first hire in privacy lawyer Charmian Aw, who comes from Reed Smith. Charmian’s expertise in data governance and cyber security measures is an integral part of Squire Patton Boggs global practice strategy. Meanwhile, Norton Rose is looking to create a restructuring base in Singapore, helmed by Meiyan Tan, who had previously been with local law firm Oon & Bazul. Finally, K&L Gates has brought Project Finance partner Sarah Park from White & Case’s outpost in Seoul.

Squire Patton Boggs, Norton Rose Fulbright and K&L Gates are all well established global law firms with a wide reach. Squire Patton Boggs is a Cleveland, Ohio-based firm with a rich history of offering legal services in public policy, finance and litigation workplace law. Norton Rose is a London-headquartered firm which has a vast knowledge in market intelligence and complex problems. K&L Gates is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based firm which specializes in complex legal matters like acquisition, development and dispute resolution.

Charmian Aw, who joins Squire Patton Boggs, specializes in multijurisdictional projects. In addition, she has expertise in cross-border data transfers and provides guidance on regulatory compliance and security measures. Meiyan Tan, the new leader of the restructuring base at Norton Rose, is well-known in the restructuring market. She will be taking a directorship at the firm’s Singapore alliance firm, Ascendant Legal. Lastly, Sarah Park joins K&L Gates from White & Case with a specialism in Project Finance.

These personell changes mean that Singapore will be reaping the benefits of global law firms coming in. Asia continues to be a significant centre of legal activity, and Singapore’s ample opportunities have started to draw in more attention. With the right people in place, firms can be better positioned to capitalize on the available opportunities.